17 Jan 2020

What we're reading this week — January 17, 2020

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Surviving the Australian bushfires and how the fundraising funds will be spent. "Megxit" and a sexually prolific tortoise.

Here are some of the stories that caught our attention this week.


Why Celeste Barber’s bushfire fundraiser is more complicated than it seems

ABC News / Dannielle Maguire

The comedian’s bushfire fundraiser has raised more than $50 million. But how will it be divided among those who need it and how long will it take to get to them?


In over her head, but dive tank a lifeline

The Australian / Rosie Lewis

When a bushfire threatened her home at Lake Conjola on New Year’s Day, Samantha Kneeshaw grabbed her scuba gear and jumped in the pool.


I’m a 13-year-old Aboriginal boy and this is what I told the “boss lady” of the United Nations

Buzzfeed / Dujuan Hoosan

An Indigenous boy from Borroloola, a remote town in the Northern Territory, shares his messages of hope with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.


Tony Blair to help sell Indonesia’s new capital to the world

Financial Review / Emma Connors

The Indonesian government hopes former British prime minister Tony Blair and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed can help win global support for its plan to move Indonesia’s capital from Jakarta to East Kalimantan.

The Financial Review’s Jakarta bureau was established with JNI’s support.


Craft beer without borders

Frontier Myanmar / Thomas Kean

The Craft Beer Fest Myanmar 2020 is being held on January 19. But how do you organise an international craft beer festival in a place that doesn’t allow the amber liquid to be imported?


Sex machine: prolific Galapagos tortoise saves his species

The Guardian / Jessica Glenza

Diego, a tortoise who is more than 100-years-old, has been at the centre of a breeding program to increase the number of species in the wild. He's been very successful.


Internet obsessed with The Post’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle cover

New York Post / Ebony Bowden

“Megxit” was big news this week. But things took a weird turn when The Post ran a front page illustration imagining the Duke and Duchess of Sussex living an unglamorous life as commoners. The image includes Prince Harry drinking beer in his underpants, while Meghan Markle, hair in curlers, smokes a cigarette.

Also, Buzzfeed reporter Ellie Hall’s story comparing UK tabloid headlines about Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton showed the how different the sisters-in-law have been treated by the British media.


American history textbooks can differ across the country, in ways that are shaded in partisan politics

The New York Times / Dana Goldstein

Goldstein compared 4,800 pages of history textbooks from California and Texas. The analysis revealed hundreds of differences, including on issues such as race, gender and immigration.


Taal Volcano’s 2020 eruption: What we know so far

Rappler / Acor Arceo

Taal Volcano — located in Batangas, a province about 60km south of Manila — began spewing ash on January 12. Rappler provides a good overview of the crisis, including the worst case scenario.